Luk 10:38-42 Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. (39) And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet and listened to his teaching. (40) But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, "Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me." (41) But the Lord answered her, "Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, (42) but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her."
Going over old sermon notes and seeing if the lesson still sticks.
God gives all of us a chance to meet Him in our lives. He gives us opportunities to serve in His will, but we must learn to recognize and take them. We have to learn to listen for Him to know to invite Him in. "Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!" Psalms 46:10
When we do go to meet with Him and do His work, the cares of this world will try to distract us, even from among well meaning fellow believers who are very "reasonable" about their advice. Demands for workers to work at what is needed: to be "proper" (Mary should have been assisting as hostess), to be "fair" (why should Martha have to do all that alone), to be "polite" (why was Mary monopolizing that spot by Jesus), etc. Many, many distractions in this world to take us away from laboring for the harvest. (Matthew 9:37-38)
We must learn to focus on where God is taking us to attain the best for us. We must learn to spend time sitting at the Master's feet, no matter what the distractions to grow. Reading the Bible, praying, meditating on His Word, praising, all are good. Serving as hostess for Jesus and the apostles was good and honorable, but do we want to hang on desperately to what is merely good or do we want to strive for what God knows is best?